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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:48 PM Edited by ALMOST610, 25 June 2016 - 10:45 AM.

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XD Falcon Scratch Build V2

 

-- About The XD Ford Falcon --

 

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In 1979 Mad Max hit the screens in Australia featuring the now famous XB Falcon Coupe, and while that was happening Ford Australia was busy preparing the release of the 4th Generation of Falcon, Kicking off with the XD model. Designed by Wayne Draper it was the first model designed completely in Australia from a clean sheet, despite the European styling bearing a resemblance to the Granada, the cars shared no panels, parts or drive-train, with the Falcon being a much larger vehicle to suit Australian buyers taste and to accommodate the big straight 6's and V8's of previous models, the floorpan and suspension was also still based on the XC Falcon's.

 

-- March 1979, XD Falcon Number 1 rolls off the Broadmeadows Production Line
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Initial designs from the mid 1970's for the XD Falcon originally were a mere restyle of the XC body, but as rumors of GM-H's plans to replace their big Kingswood with the smaller European Opel Commodore seemed to be more plausible with the fuel crisis beginning to show signs of buyers moving towards smaller more fuel efficient cars, Ford decided that it would go all in and gamble over $100 Million on making the XD a lighter more fuel efficient car while sticking to the classic Falcon formula of room to comfortably seat 5 and plenty of power.

 

-- The Earliest XD designs date to a clay model from mid 1975 (Not Pictured)

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-- Based on the XC Ute this model below is styled different on each side to compare ideas

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-- Skipping ahead through a few other prototype designs we reach several that resemble the final production car

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With the new XD came many firsts for the Falcon with lots of plastic used instead of metal to cut the weight down, including Bumpers, Grill, Front Spoiler and a world first for a mass produced vehicle, a Plastic Fuel Tank. All the weight savings on the XD saw a reduction of over 115Kg at release, which alone improved fuel economy by 10% over the XC, and that was before the new Alloy Head engines. In 1980 the new Aluminium head for the ageing 3.3L and 4.1L straight 6's was introduced which improved performance and economy, the switch to an aluminium cylinder head instead of the previous cast iron one also contributed to significant further weight savings. Along with the CrossFlow design, the Alloy Head was one of the biggest updates and improvements to the Falcon six since the first one left the Geelong Engine plant in 1960.

 

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It turned out that Ford's gamble on the XD had paid off significantly with the Falcon being more fuel efficient and powerful than both the 4cyl and 6cyl Commodore variants, despite the Commodore being a smaller and lighter car, Holden did not update the previous Kingswood engines they carried over, thinking the lighter Commodore had already beaten the Falcon, with the fuel crisis beginning to ease buyers began to move back to full size cars like the Falcon and away from the Commodore. Even so, it was not until the 1982 XE Falcon update that Ford took over market share and became Number One.

Following the XE was the 1984 XF Update which was around for the Falcon celebrating two milestones in 1985, the first was the 1.5 Millionth Falcon built on February 19th, followed on June 28th by the 25th Anniversary since the First Falcon left the Broadmeadows Assembly Plant.

 

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The XD was available with 4 engine choices and 4 transmission choices, across 4 body styles,

with Engines being, 3.3L (200ci) Straight 6, 4.1L (250ci) Straight 6, 4.9L (302ci) Cleveland V8 and 5.8L (351ci) Cleveland V8...
with Transmissions being, 3spd Manual Column, 4spd Manual Floor, 3spd Auto Column and 3spd Auto T-Bar...
with Body Styles being, Sedan, Wagon, Utility and Panel Van...
(Not Including the Fairlane and LTD long wheel base luxury Falcon models)

 

 

 

My XD Falcon Modeling

 

 

Originally this project started as a conversion of the San Andreas Admiral model into what looked similar to the XD Falcon, after a bit of time, I attempted to make my own XD from scratch and while it was not looking that bad, the accuracy of it was a bit hit and miss due to a lack of references, using a lot of polys when I did not need to and trying to rush the model so I could get it in game, I continued working with it on and off also doing updates to the Admiral based model so I still had something to play with in game, until, early in 2016 I decided to go out myself and collect my own references, I then started off small by making a better model of my own straight 6 engine to use in the Admiral Model and once I got a good start on that I was inspired enough to begin building the XD again from scratch.

Like the last scratch model I made, my intentions are to make an XD Sedan as perfect as I possibly can and then from there see how I feel about making a Wagon or a Ute, perhaps a Fairlane/LTD as they are all identical from the B Pillar forwards and its from the B Pillar back the body changes, I might make the XD Sedan and then only do restyles to make it also into an XE or XF model, I could also spec the Basic Falcon sedan model up to a Fairmont Ghia, I'm not really planning that far ahead yet as lets see if I finish the GL Sedan First.

 

 

Here is some of the latest renders from June 24, 2016, it should be noted that this render is a mock up to the make the model look more complete than it is, the Roof, Front Bumper, Headlights, Indicator, Grill and Wheels are taken from other XD Models I have made and wont be carried over to this model.

 

 

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From Page 4 Onwards this model is featured, any posts between the start and then may not be relevant to the new scratch model.

Below this point in the post is some of the older progress things from this topic hidden in this spoiler tag.

 

 

Note: All Previous modeling in this topic, being the Admiral model converted into a Falcon and my first attempt at a scratch for this car are contained in this spoiler tag below for those that are interested.

 

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:38 AM

For which game??? III? Vice City? San Andreas??

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 08:43 AM

It looks kinda SAish, but knowing the author it may be a car for SA which will be supported by MVL.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:00 PM

Great project you are going to started. Best luck for that. And waiting for updates.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 02:33 PM

Awesome, would love to see a more cars like this.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:13 AM

There has not been much thats new over the past week it has mainly been working on smaller section that are not that noticeable but still matter, like the front the car under the bumper which was a mess in the picture above, I originally imported a bunch of Admiral models into 3DS and then modified them and then used the symmetry to see what the complete model would look like so now that I feel the front has been perfected I am separating it from the model and when the back is complete I will remove it from that different Admiral and then will merge them onto a new Body Shell as the old ones has been destroyed by the Symmetry which is why the next few pics will only be showing the car in separate parts, I also got a bit distracted with in game testing of the vehicle.

I plan to make the Vehicle for Vice City, in both Standard Replacement and MVL, and I figured that I might as well base it on a SA Admiral as that will make converting it into San Andreas later a lot easier, if someone wants to convert it to IV later that would be cool also.

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It has been good to see some interest with people, especially from Countries outside of AU & NZ where this car was not even sold, so Thanks to them, as long as people keep posting in this topic, I will keep posting Updates.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:10 PM

Are you going to make interior or just put a sa one? dozingoff.gif
I hope we get some update soon.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:39 PM Edited by ALMOST610, 09 March 2014 - 05:37 AM.

Are you going to make interior or just put a sa one? dozingoff.gif
I hope we get some update soon.

 

Possibly a bit of a mix, I was thinking of taking some IV Parts and Textures, Perhaps also keep some of the SA and make Bits on my own, or it could end up with it all just made by me, I have not yet thought of that, I can always release the Car with the SA Interior and then a Version 2 could have a new interior.


Here is a quick build with the whole vehicle together. Still not 100% though.
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:03 PM

A minor update, but progress is progress.

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I have started on the Dash Board, Finished the Steering Wheel and am at the moment sourcing textures and references to get the rest going.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:20 PM

Awesome car, Almost biggrin.gif

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:32 AM Edited by ALMOST610, 09 March 2014 - 05:36 AM.

Awesome car, Almost biggrin.gif

 

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Here I have some of the beginnings of the Dash, with the Cluster and Central Controls complete.
I spent more time on the textures than modeling with this part.

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All the Switches and Buttons are 3D, so that is not just a Flat Image for the Radio, AC/Heater area.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:53 AM

looks good icon14.gif
will you make the pedals for the car?

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:18 AM Edited by ALMOST610, 09 March 2014 - 05:35 AM.

looks good icon14.gif
will you make the pedals for the car?

 

I am not sure if the details have to go that far, I could spend the time working on better things.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 06:35 PM Edited by ToyGT_one, 02 July 2013 - 06:09 PM.

Will you make an Improved Vehicle Features support?

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 01:11 AM Edited by ALMOST610, 09 March 2014 - 05:34 AM.

Will you make an Improved Vehicle Features support?

 

I have been considering it only for the Unique Lights Part (Indicators, Reverse, Etc) and Perhaps for a moving steering wheel.
But a standard SA Release for people without that mod will come first.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:34 AM Edited by ToyGT_one, 02 July 2013 - 08:38 PM.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:13 PM

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The Dash is near complete, it is about 95% done with just a few minor things left.
It may not look like anything special but, well what were you expecting, it is an 80's car (Technically 70's) things were not meant to be fancy and that is what it looks like.

I never could understand why they had square Vents in the middle of the Dash yet had the round ones on the each side of the car, it just made no sense.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:22 PM

QUOTE (ALMOST610 @ Tuesday, Jul 2 2013, 17:13)
I never could understand why they had square Vents in the middle of the Dash yet had the round ones on the each side of the car, it just made no sense.

Weird indeed, but Ford seems to have fixed it later tounge.gif

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:38 PM Edited by ALMOST610, 09 March 2014 - 05:39 AM.

I never could understand why they had square Vents in the middle of the Dash yet had the round ones on the each side of the car, it just made no sense.


Weird indeed, but Ford seems to have fixed it later tounge.gif

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That's not a Falcon Interior, I don't know what car that is, but it was fixed 5 Years later with the XF Falcon.

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Another Wide shot of the whole Dash.
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Posted 02 July 2013 - 04:13 PM

It's Sierra tounge.gif

But OK, Sierra wasn't the Australian Ford.

Regarding the mod, I really like it. Keeps the GTA feeling.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:03 PM

Looks good, keep it up smile.gif

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:36 PM Edited by ToyGT_one, 02 July 2013 - 10:19 PM.

There is a converter who converted the bigfoot2003/carface car mod to iv so if you want someone to convert this mod you can tell him to convert it and see if he can convert it or not.
Edit: he is called Intensified.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:26 PM Edited by ALMOST610, 09 March 2014 - 05:40 AM.

It's Sierra tounge.gif

But OK, Sierra wasn't the Australian Ford.

Regarding the mod, I really like it. Keeps the GTA feeling.

 

The Sierra was never sold in Australia, we had an independently developed car, The Falcon was only ever sold in Australia and New Zealand, and still is to this day.

I am always going for the GTA Feeling, I guess I don't really know how not to go for it.
 

Looks good, keep it up smile.gif

 

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There is a converter who converted the bigfoot2003/carface car mod to iv so if you want someone to convert this mod you can tell him to convert it and see if he can convert it or not.
Edit: he is called Intensified.

 

I will send him a PM and see what he thinks, Thanks.


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 06:50 PM

Dash looks great but why such a small steering wheel? it need to be much bigger.
also dash texture, try use one with more bump on it .

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:41 PM Edited by ALMOST610, 09 March 2014 - 05:41 AM.

The Dash is textured to look smooth because that is what it is actually like from all my reference pictures I have not seen one with a more rough textured dash.

I still might make the steering wheel bigger but at the moment it is scaled down to be the same size as the regular San Andreas Wheels, one I get it Exported into San Andreas I might reassess and make it bigger but want to see what it looks like first.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:41 AM Edited by ALMOST610, 09 March 2014 - 05:42 AM.

There is a converter who converted the bigfoot2003/carface car mod to iv so if you want someone to convert this mod you can tell him to convert it and see if he can convert it or not.
Edit: he is called Intensified.

 

I got a PM back from him, and he think it is too low poly so I do not think he is interested in an IV Conversion.

Looks like it will only be SA, VC, VC MVL, and Perhaps a III Version.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:24 AM

Fair enough. Let the III era styled car stay in III era tounge.gif

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:31 PM

Sounds great, but can't see any pics.. sad.gif

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:31 PM

QUOTE (jtr007 @ Wednesday, Jul 10 2013, 03:31)
Sounds great, but can't see any pics.. sad.gif

The Pictures are not appearing as my website server where the pictures are stored is down, here is the message from my web host.

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Latest Update: Since the early Saturday morning (GMT), July 6, one of uCoz websites has been subjected to a massive DDoS attack (more than 160 Gbit). To understand how huge the attack is, compare it to the world record of 300 Gbit. Such huge attacks are extremely rare, usually a DDoS attack is 2-3 Gbit. As a result we were forced to limit access to our network from a number of countries, for the servers to be accessible to the majority of our users and the visitors of their websites.

At the moment the following servers are inaccessible from some segments of the network: s46, s47, s48, s49, s50, s52, s53, s54, s55, s56, s57, s58, s59, s60, s61, s62, s63, s64, s65, s67, s68, s69, s70, s71, s72, s73, s74, s75, s76 s77, s78, s79, s80, s81, s83.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:25 PM

QUOTE (ALMOST610 @ Tuesday, Jul 9 2013, 23:31)
QUOTE (jtr007 @ Wednesday, Jul 10 2013, 03:31)
Sounds great, but can't see any pics.. sad.gif

The Pictures are not appearing as my website server where the pictures are stored is down, here is the message from my web host.

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Due to a DDoS attack in one of the data centers, Servers s46-s50, s52-s65, s67-s81, s83 are inaccessible from some network segments. [06/07] [This is a widespread and priority outage.]

Latest Update: Since the early Saturday morning (GMT), July 6, one of uCoz websites has been subjected to a massive DDoS attack (more than 160 Gbit). To understand how huge the attack is, compare it to the world record of 300 Gbit. Such huge attacks are extremely rare, usually a DDoS attack is 2-3 Gbit. As a result we were forced to limit access to our network from a number of countries, for the servers to be accessible to the majority of our users and the visitors of their websites.

At the moment the following servers are inaccessible from some segments of the network: s46, s47, s48, s49, s50, s52, s53, s54, s55, s56, s57, s58, s59, s60, s61, s62, s63, s64, s65, s67, s68, s69, s70, s71, s72, s73, s74, s75, s76 s77, s78, s79, s80, s81, s83.

Our specialists and partners are doing all possible to get the servers back to their normal functioning mode. Please be patient. We want the problem to be solved asap as much as you do.

Related Thread: http://forum.ucoz.com/forum/42-13752-1 - post here for all outage related questions.

Now it's working and i decided to save all the XD falcon mod images from here in case this happening so i just upload the images and put it here.

@ALMOST610 is there any new updates?




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